The Trouble with Aid: Why Less Could Mean More for Africa (African Arguments)

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In this book, Jonathan Glennie argues that government aid to Africa actually has many very harmful effects.  He claims that aid has often meant more poverty, more hungry people, worse basic services for poor people and damage to already precarious democratic institutions. Rather than the Make Poverty History slogan "Double aid to Africa," Glennie suggests the opposite: "Halve aid to Africa"--to achieve the same result and reduce aid dependency. Through an honest assessment of both the positive and negative consequences of aid, this book will show you why. 

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Jonathan Glennie is director of policy and research at Save the Children UK, as well as a visiting fellow at the International Development Institute at King's College London. 


'Readable, reasoned yet radical; Glennie urges governments, campaigners and others to look beyond aid and consider other ways to help impoverished nations and citizens stand on their own feet.' Alex Wilks, European Network on Debt and Development 'Jonathan Glennie's excellent and immensely readable new book presents a compelling case for those of us who care about Africa not to demand ever more aid, but rather to seek the more fundamental changes in the global economy which could reduce dependency on aid and contribute to the ultimate eradication of poverty.' David Woodward, former head of New Global Economy Programme 'Jonathan Glennie offers a refreshing and insightful departure from the polarized views that have dominated the aid debate. Clearly and succinctly he challenges both aid optimists and aid sceptics with an in-depth analysis of the 'complex impacts' of aid on the lives of the poor and the institutions and governments of recipient countries. A must read' Samuel Gayi, UNCTAD 'At last a book that speaks frankly to the fundamentals of aid and how it is delivered. Ignore this book at your peril; this is an issue we cannot relegate to the sidelines of development' Charles Mutasa, Africa Forum and Network on Development and Debt (AFRODAD) 'The Trouble with aid certainly hits the spot. A concise and forthright critique and summary of the aid dilemma, its lack of prohibitive jargon and lofty rhetoric afford it wide and deserved appeal' New Agriculturalist

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